Mercury in Seafood: A Little Clarity

Bluefin Tuna on April 15th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on Huffingtonpost.com March 27, 2014: Huffington Post One of the most dangerous yet confusing toxic pollutants is mercury in seafood. Mercury is very bad for developing fetuses and children, and seafood is very good for them. But mercury is in all seafood. Like I said: confusing. Last summer a friend caught a quite […]

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Killer Whales in Washington State: Serial Problems By Carl Safina

Salmon, Whales on October 5th, 2013 5 Comments

We were just chatting in Ken Balcomb’s kitchen when out of the computer speakers’ white-noise static came a single whistle that stopped all conversation. They were coming! Moments later the kitchen was full of squeals, squeaks, whoops, buzzes—. At the windows with our binoculars, we confirmed that a familiar group of “resident” or fish-eating killer […]

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Kitchen Killer Whales By Carl Safina

Whales on October 3rd, 2013 3 Comments

I was just standing on researcher Ken Balcomb’s kitchen porch looking out at Haro Strait, from Washington toward Vancouver Island, Canada, watching killer whales going by. Cool enough, but these were not the usual “residents” who hunt salmon. They were “transients;” mammal eaters. One way we knew: We’d been listening to the nearby hydrophones set […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/15/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/15/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 1 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/14/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/14/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ In the “morning” of the never-ending daylight, as the sun has swung round to the east and climbs the sky once more, we awaken in our windowless cabins. We’ve spent the short night at anchor in Hallo Bay. We head shoreward, trying to beat a dropping tide. […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 4 – Landing in Hallo Bay (Tuesday, June 11)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/gyre-expeditio…uesday-june-11/ We spent several morning hours steaming west across Shelikof Strait to Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, and landed the skiff on a rocky ledge at one end of a long bite of black beach backed spectacularly by the snow-peaked Alaska Range and Hallo Glacier. The highest peaks, […]

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A New Idea to Protect Wild Salmon

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon on June 19th, 2013 No Comments

Previously posted on Huffington Post 6/14/2013:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-safina/a-new-idea-to-protect-wil_b_3438509.html and National Geographic on 6/10/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/10/a-new-idea-to-…ct-wild-salmon/ ‎ A few years ago I visited Southeast Alaska and saw more salmon than I thought I’d ever see in my entire life. The question: will they be there for our next generation? Southeast Alaska is one of the last places […]

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Zen In The Art Of Fishing

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon on July 17th, 2012 3 Comments

I recently lived a few days on a river in Canada. The idea was that I was fishing for Atlantic salmon. But very few of the fish got that memo. And if there were fish in that river with my name written on them, they couldn’t read. For days, focused on catching something yet catching […]

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